Florida College System Recognizes Outstanding Students

By: Florida Department of Education Press Office Email
By: Florida Department of Education Press Office Email
Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team honored as College Month kicks off.

Marie Grace Harper, front right, enjoys a moment of levity during Darton College’s fall commencement ceremonies at Cavalier Arena Thursday night.

ORLANDO – Chancellor of The Florida College System, Willis N. Holcombe today kicked off Florida College System Month (formerly Community College Month) during an event honoring the 2010 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Florida Academic Team. This year’s team consists of 103 outstanding students representing Florida’s 28 state, community and junior colleges, one independent college and one independent university.

“The Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team represents the best of The Florida College System. These hard-working students are committed both in the classroom and in their communities,” said Chancellor Holcombe. “We are very proud of their accomplishments and thankful to PTK for this chance to highlight their abilities.”

The students were recognized during an awards ceremony held at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort as part of PTK’s Annual Convention. The convention is a three-day event that educates and recognizes members, advisors and alumni. As part of the awards ceremony, team members were presented with PTK medallions and certificates. Members may also apply for exclusive transfer scholarships that are offered by more than 680 senior institutions totaling more than $36 million.

The All-Florida Academic Team is composed of students who were nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the Florida Association of Community Colleges, the Florida College System Foundation, PTK, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges and USA Today. Students named to the All-Florida Academic Team are chosen based on their exceptional academic achievement, leadership and community service. In nominating students for the All-Florida Academic Team, colleges considered the following criteria:

Participation in honors programs;
Membership in, and awards received from academic or honors organizations;
Awards and honors received for academic and leadership accomplishments;
Academic enrichment achieved through study, internships and cultural experiences; and
Sharing of academic attainments, knowledge and skills through community service.
For a complete list of the 2010 Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team, visit http://www.fldoe.org/CC/Students/PTK_team/Newsletter/voltwo.asp. To learn more about the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, visit http://www.ptk.org/.


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